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How to Grow Oregano Herb Plants

Perennial, Origanum Vulgare

There's nothing better than fresh herbs. I'll take 'em fresh any day, over the freeze dried stuff you get in stores. You will certainly notice this difference, the first time you grow and use fresh Oregano herb.

Oregano is a popular herb in Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Can you imagine a pizza or spaghetti sauce  or pizza, without any Oregano in it!?!

Oregano plants are closely related to Marjoram. They are a member of the Mint family. This herb is native to Europe and Central Asia, thriving in dry, arid regions. These plants grow two to four feet.

Many herbs, including Oregano, can be grown as a houseplant. Place them in a sunny window, and watch 'em grow! After your have enjoyed them all winter, plant it outdoors after all danger of frost.

If you have limited space, try growing this herb in a container on your patio or deck.

May we suggest: Try Greek Oregano as an indoor houseplant, or for containers on your patio or deck. Greek Oregano is a variety of oregano that grows about 5 -6 inches shorter, making it perfect for indoors or the deck..


Plant Propagation:

Grow Oregano from seed. Get an early start on this popular herb, by starting it indoors as a houseplant. Or, directly sow Oregano seeds into your garden in the spring.

Sow Oregano seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with soil.

Space seedlings or thin plants to 12" apart, in rows 18 inches apart.

Days to Germination: 7-14

Plant Height: 12-22 inches.


How to Grow Oregano Herb Plants:

Oregano plants are easy to grow. The plants grow best in full sun, and a well drained soil. They will do well in average soils, and tolerate dry soil conditions. Being native to arid regions, Oregano withstands droughts very well. Water them during dry periods, once every week or two.

Tip: Do not add fertilizer to this plant, and it will produce a stronger flavor.

Pinch back the growing tips of the plant, to promote bushier growth.

Pick flower buds as soon as they appear. The leaves turn bitter after flowers bloom.

Harvest leaves at any time after the plant has produced a few dozen leaves. Pick the young, tender herb leaves, as they are best for flavor. Harvest in the morning, when the oils are strongest. Spread leaves out to dry in a cool and ventilated area. Leaves can also be put in the freezer for later use.


Main Cooking Uses:

Oregano is a "must have" for Italian and Continental cuisine. You just can't have spaghetti sauce or pizza without this herb.

Oregano also spices up many tomato recipes, meats, stews, breads, and stuffing.


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